The problem of IP: SOPA, PIPA, development economics and Down Under

The whole world has been going a bit crazy over the issue of Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) bills that have been proposed for voting in US Congress. As you might know, Wikipedia and reddit closed down their sites for 24 hours and many other prominent web hubs have expressed their concerns regarding the potential for these bills to censor the Internet. It looks like the actions of these sites have signalled the death knell for these bills, but it is worrying that they even saw the light of day.

While my knowledge on … Read the rest

Some initial concerns on selling uranium to India

Uranium mining is a particularly divisive topic in Australia. It was only ten years ago that news headlines were dominated by those protesting the development of a uranium mine at Jabiluka in the Northern Territory. However, yesterday, the Australian discourse surrounding uranium took an unexpected detour, with Prime Minister Julia Gillard openly courting the idea of selling uranium to India.

While Australia has been selling uranium to other states for some time, the significance of this move is that the Prime Minister is considering selling Australian uranium to a state who is not a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty … Read the rest

Testing a MS Access subreport for records

I haven’t done one of these in a long, long time, but I happen to be doing a bit of coding for a friend, and wanted to make a subreport control on an Access report invisible should it have no data. Of course, since I’ve been mostly out of the Access game for a while now, I was racking my brain for a bit, trying to figure it out and stumbling through a whole bunch of non-working solutions on the net.

But I eventually figured it out….

Assuming you have a subreport control on a parent report called MySubReport and … Read the rest

UN Internship FAQ and Other Tales

It’s been some time since I’ve blogged here. About a year in fact. My bad.

I’m sorry, I’ve been busy. Anyway, I’ve finally gotten around to putting something up of use. The UN Internship FAQ. People kept commenting on my blog entries or sending me private message asking questions so I collated their questions and added in a few relevant notes to help people out. You can read the FAQ here.

I have been keeping my publications up to date which you can see here. I’ve also updated my ‘about me’ page for all you identity thieves out … Read the rest

I’m now an United Nations Intern

If you’ve come here from Google and are looking for general UN Internship information, I’ve written up a post detailing some information about the selection process and what the internship is all about. View the UN Internship FAQ.

Annoying Australian allowed into the UN general assembly

It has been a hectic few days for me in the Big Apple. I’ve started my internship with the United Nations and I’m already in the thick of it. I’m working in Peacekeeping with some awesome people and I’m glad my meager skills can contribute to something that is of worldwide importance. I’m … Read the rest

Ever wanted to retreive the label information of a textbox control in Ms Access?

Been a while since I’ve written one of these things. Truth is, I haven’t been doing much Access databases in some time. However, I’m back in the fold, writing a small Access 2007 app and reacquianting myself with its nuances and idiosynchroses. In the process, I stumbled across a small little feature that, while obvious once you think about it, is not immediately apparent to the casual user.

Often on Access forms you’ll use a textbox control. Usually, unless you delete them, the textbox control comes with an associated label control. Lets call my example “txtGenericTextBox” with a label called … Read the rest